National Geographic Bee State Finals Held in Michigan

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- A Detroit Country Day student has taken first place in the Michigan state finals of the 25th annual National Geographic Bee at Western Michigan University.

Sixth-grader Neha Middela from Bloomfield Hills nabbed the top prize Friday in the competition on the Kalamazoo campus. She will represent Michigan in the national competition next month in Washington, D.C.

Second place went to Auburn Hills student Ajay Sumanth. He's a fourth-grader at Brookfield Academy in Rochester.

Third place went to Sarod Nori, a seventh-grader at Chippewa Middle School in Okemos.

The competition featured about 100 geography whizzes from across the state.

Competitions took place in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Department of Defense schools globally.

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